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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Western Michigan digital collections go national

WMU is now part of a national digital library database Michigan portal along with several Michigan universities. Presentation Friday, February 24, at Zhang Collections Center will show highlights.

Images from WMU Libraries digital collections are now being harvested into the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), a major online national library initiative. This makes our local digital collections more widely available across the US and globally.

WMU partnered with three other major research universities libraries in the state (University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University) and the Library of Michigan, to create the Michigan Service hub and make the first ingest of 42,000 items from Michigan more widely accessible for scholarship, education and public interest. This lays the groundwork for more Michigan holdings being more widely accessible. WMU Libraries plans to add more to the three collections now there.

This portal displays some of the WMU collections prominently in the new Michigan Section:  https://dp.la/info/2017/01/31/michigan-service-hub-collections-now-live/  An 1863 Civil War Diary page and Caroline Bartlett Crane Everyman's House Collection are pictured.

A library team of metadata specialists, digitization experts and technology programmers adapted the multiple collections to Michigan DPLA service hub metadata committee ingest requirements. Follow the link below and select WMU on the left hand navigation column to see the Ward Morgan Photography and United States Civil War diaries collections among others: https://dp.la/search?partner[]=Michigan+Service+Hub

University Libraries Digitization Center works to make the unique local collections accessible for research and digitally preserve them. These include historically significant items from the WMU libraries collections: diaries, photographs, maps, manuscripts, artwork, presidential letters, blueprints, and more. Two units of University Libraries house many unique items that are being digitized: the Zhang Legacy Collections Center of WMU archives and regional history and Special Collections and Rare Books unit.  A full list of over 25 WMU digitized collections with open access is here.

Local presentation: Richard Adler from the DPLA Michigan Service hub will be presenting on "The Michigan Service Hub: Bringing the Great Lakes State to the DPLA." at the Zhang Legacy Collections Center on Friday, February 24, 10:30 am. The public is welcome. Free parking is located next to the Zhang Legacy Collections Center.  Please call (269) 387-8490 for additional information or directions.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Fake News Panel Now has a Live Stream, now video available

Video of the panel discussion for your review is now posted. (captioned version is in the works). https://wmich.mediasite.com/Mediasite/Catalog/catalogs/FakeNews

The Fake News panel discussion will be live streamed at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 20. The url is: https://wmich.mediasite.com/Mediasite/Catalog/catalogs/FakeNews

It is the WMU Libraries event at the Honors College Lounge How to Catch Fake News Before It Catches You: Media Citizenship in a Divided Time is the title of the panel discussion hosted by University Libraries with Political Science, School of Communication, mLive, and the Honors College. Please see earlier post in this Library News Blog for more information


Panelists: 
    Sue Ellen Christian, Professor, School of Communication and Department of Gender and Women's Studies, WMU
    Mickey Ciokajlo, Regional News Manager for Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Muskegon, MLive Media Group
    Peter W. Wielhouwer, Associate Professor of Political Science, Director, Institute for Government and Politics, WMU

 

 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

You are Welcome Here, from WMU Libraries

The University Libraries system along with all of Western Michigan University wants all to know that the four libraries on campus are safe and welcoming places. Here is that statement: 

WMU Libraries welcomes and values our whole community
We are committed to:
* Providing a safe place for individuals of all backgrounds
* Offering educational opportunities that transform communities and open minds
* Fostering an informed citizenry through dedication to intellectual freedom and free access to information
* Selecting and preserving materials and information that present diverse points of view
* Resisting censorship and abridgment of free expression
* Providing a forum for respectful discussions on social issues 
University Libraries values statement is underscored in this poster displayed at the entrance to all four libraries

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Discussion on Fake News Will Aid Understanding

Graphic showing how Fake News can encroach upon your understanding

How to Catch Fake News Before It Catches You: Media Citizenship in a Divided Time is the title of the panel discussion hosted by University Libraries with Political Science, School of Communication, mLive, and the Honors College.

This interactive panel discussion will examine the widespread proliferation of fake news stories. How can we avoid getting caught by a fake news story? What impact does fake news have on our democracy? Why does fake news spread so easily? Whose responsibility is it to prevent the spread of fake news? Join us as we step outside of our “filter bubbles" for a lively discussion of fact versus fiction in the media – and how to tell the difference.

Monday, February 20, 7:00 p.m. Lee Honors College Lounge


Panelists: 
    Sue Ellen Christian, Professor, School of Communication and Department of Gender and Women's Studies, WMU
    Mickey Ciokajlo, Regional News Manager for Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Muskegon, MLive Media Group
    Peter W. Wielhouwer, Associate Professor of Political Science, Director, Institute for Government and Politics, WMU
Host: University Libraries.  Sponsors: Lee Honors College, School of Communication, Department of Political Science

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